Dec 2, 2017 - Notes    No Comments

free will

Before we can choose God, we need to hear about God, we need to be able to think, we need to have the heart to know God, etc. So, who choose who? 

Sinners have free will to sin, but no free will to choose God.

Romans 3:10-11 “None is righteous, no, not one. no one understands; no one seeks for God.” Jesus comes to save sinners.

If sinners can choose God, Jesus did not need to come and die on the cross for sinners. 

Jesus says, “You did not choose me, but I chose you.” (John 15:16)
God chose us in him before the foundation of the world. (Ephesians 1:4)

Sinners have free will in darkness, they can move, they can breath, but they have no free will to see. They don’t know where God is. Jesus is the light. He is how we can know God, because when we see Him, we see God.

Jesus says, “If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him” (John 14:7).

In John 8:12, Jesus says, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

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“Having free will” is not the same as “having the ability.”

Before the Fall: Man had free-will to sin and not to sin.
After the Fall: Man only has free-will to sin, not free from sin.
After Born Again: Man is saved, has free-will to sin and not to sin.
In Eternity: Man has free-will. There will be no sin.

Dec 1, 2017 - Notes    No Comments

Suicide is not an unforgivable sin.

Romans 8:30, “Those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.”

Suicide is not an unforgivable sin. The unforgivable sin is unbelief (Luke 12:10). As long as he is predestined by God, he will be called, he will believe, and he will be justified and glorified. There is no “but”, no exception in between.

Dec 1, 2017 - Notes    No Comments

The Law

The Law proves that sinners have no free will. Sinners have free will to sin, but no free will to keep the Law. “The point is not that you’ve sinned, but you’ve never done anything but sin.”
 
Everyone is a sinner (Romans 3:2).
Everyone is DEAD in sin (Romans 6:23).
No one can keep the Law (Romans 3:20).
Even our righteous acts are like filthy rags to God. (Isaiah 64:6).
The Law reminds about sin (Romans 7:7).
The Law in the OT is a shadow of Jesus (Hebrews 10).
So when Jesus came, He fulfilled the Law for us (Matthew 5:17).
 
Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone (Ephesians 2:8, Galatians 2:16).
Nov 30, 2017 - Notes    No Comments

Did God harden Pharaoh’s heart?

“Harden” means refusing to repent. God allowed Pharaoh’s heart to be hardened. It is sin that hardened a sinner’s heart against God. God did not make Pharaoh against God Himself.

Likewise, today if a sinner goes to hell, it is because of his sins; but if a sinner repents, it is because of God’s grace.

1 Samuel 6:6, “Why should you harden your hearts as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their hearts?”

Nov 30, 2017 - Notes    No Comments

God sends sinners to hell

Sinners go to hell because of their sins, not because of God (2Tim 2:4; Ezekiel 18:23).

If God does not have mercy, we should all be in hell. God has mercy, but God also has justice. God is a holy God. For example, if someone kills your family, do you want the judge to set him free or not?

Because God has justice, sinners must die.
Because God has mercy, Jesus died for sinners.

God is holy. God’s wrath is holy wrath. God sends sinners to hell because God is holy and just.

God hates sinners not because God is bad, but God is good, and we are bad. God loves sinners not because we are good, but God is good.

Does God hates sinners? Yes, look on the cross.
Does God loves sinners? Yes, look on the cross.

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